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Things to do in Montréal: August 12 to 18

Relax the way Montrealers do in August with outdoor classical music concerts and film screenings, set your kids free at family-focused events, or party like a Montrealer at Montréal Pride and the Fashion & Design Festival. And definitely eat like a Montrealer – we’ve got recommendations. Music for all ages Classical music enthusiasts of all ages will love the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Couche-Tarde Classical Spree, August 10-13: 30 affordable concerts at Place des Arts starting with Kent Nagano conducting the OSM in Chariots of Fire, plus matinée shows for kids, free activities and two free outdoor concerts: Mozart’s Magic Flute opera on Aug. 12 at 7 pm, and four orchestras performing in Spotlight on Youth on Aug. 13 at 10:30 am. Make your own music just by swinging: outdoor art installation 21 Swings is back until Sept. 5 outside Place des Arts. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts transforms a side street into Toulouse-Lautrec’s Belle Époque on Aug. 13 at noon, featuring Cancan dancers and music by the Alex Francoeur jazz trio. La Tohu circus centre hosts FALLA, a free event of world music, circus acts and kids activities, Aug. 11-13. And the Olympic Park hosts kids event Carnaval estival on Aug. 13. Montréal Pride… / Read More →

Your 2016 Fashion & Design Festival survival guide

Catwalks in the street, thumping beats, champagne flutes and stilettos left and right – the annual Fashion & Design Festival can be a dizzying affair! And since we want you to get the very most out of all your Montréal experiences, we’ve cooked up your complete guide to the summer’s most glamorous experience.   Event Fashion and Design Festival, August 15 to 20. What you’re getting into A major outdoor event celebrating fashion and design at Quartier des Spectacles, in the heart of downtown Montreal, presenting outdoor fashion shows, live music shows, workshops, film screenings, presentations and more shopping opportunities that you can shake a YSL baguette at, including the famous pop-up shops on the Place des Festivals. Participating labels this year include Robert Atelier, Waxman, Alton Gray, Bestseller, Le Château, Citizen Vintage and many more, while you’ll be able to hear free live music by Dear Denizen, Archichic, Fonkyson, Paupière and buy a private night with Trouble Andrew (get your tickets here). Check out the schedule of talks and workshops here; you won’t want to miss the costume workshop presented by designers for the Cirque du Soleil.   What to bring Like any other large-scale festival, there are a… / Read More →

Comedy, concerts, shows, evenings… the fun continues summer long at the Casino!

During festival season, the Casino de Montréal is even sparklier than ever. An awesome go-to to cap off your party evenings, it has tons going on during Montréal’s legendary festivals! Move to the beat at the Casino This summer, Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a giant open-air concert hall with the super-charged festivals of Osheaga, Île Soniq and Heavy Montréal. Pre- or post-evening, you can quench your thirst at the new Jardin bar-terrasse with Shaydakiss on July 28 and Dragonette on July 29. At the Valet de carreau bar, sate your electronic music cravings with DJ Seibaz, Pierce Fulton and Michael Sparks on August 5. Wrap it up with a dash back to the 90s in the company of Sebastian Bach on August 6. Photos and autograph signing, of course! Mode et Design at the Casino August 18 and 19, during the Festival Mode et Design, take part in a bingo and high heels night, win gift certificates and let loose during a double bill DJ and comedy evening! The party keeps going at the Casino Thought of tucking in already? The night’s still young! World-class DJs, winners of the DJ Red Bull Thre3style competition, will be cranking up the heat… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: August 21 to 27

The month ends of a high note with delicious bites throughout the city, the year’s most striking imagery and more stylish finds than you’ll be able to fit into your carry-on. And you thought the summer fun would start slowing down! (glorious food) After Deauville, France, Rio, Istanbul and London, the annual Omnivore World Tour Montreal edition is happening NOW! It’s filling foodies’ bellies and inspiration until August 24 with master classes, a huge tasting party and dozens of collaborative dinners combining the talents of local and international chefs. During the two days of back-to-back half-hour culinary demonstrations at SAT, you can catch Montreal chefs Stéphanie Labelle, Julien Joré, Segué Lepage, Guillaume Kittel-Ouimet, Fabien Maillard, John Winter Russell, Michelle Marek, Marc Cohen, Marc-Alexandre Mercier, Simon Mathys, Michael Ruel, Matthieu Gauthier, Minh Phat, Samuel Pinard, and Farine and Marc-André Leclerc. PHEW! Plus some great visiting chefs from around the country and globe. Save up space for the Omnivorious Party on August 22, hosted by 15 participating chefs who’ll prepare over 6,000 dishes to taste. (Reserve your spot early.) (world-class photos) The World Press Photo exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, returning to Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal to wow image… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: August 14 to 20

Take a bite out of August this week with an international food festival, a fashionable feast for the eyes (and your shopping bag), a grandiose Pride Parade and more world-class live music than anyone would know what to do with. Talk about a full plate! Music in the air ÎleSoniq is upon us! For the third week in a row, Parc Jean-Drapeau is the site of great musical happenings. On the weekend of August 14 and 15, you can take in the sun as you bop to headliners including Die Antwoord, Azealia Banks, Deadmaus, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Blasterjaxx, Kiesza, Prince Club and more. Catch more world-class performances in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for the last two days of International des Montgolfières, on until August 16. Beautiful hot air balloons from the world over cohabitates with hot music including performances of Jonas and the Massive Attraction on Friday night, Moist on Saturday, Caravane and Our Lady Peace on Sunday and Sally Folk and Sylvain Cossette with Andrée Watters on Monday. Yet another unmissable music even this weekend might draw your attention away, though: August 14 to 16 is also the Montreal International Reggae Festival! Right in the heart of Old Montreal, the island… / Read More →

Festival Mode & Design takes over downtown Montreal

Don’t worry, you haven’t suddenly shrunk – you’re just surrounded by models! The downtown core around McGill College is transforming into a great big outdoor runway for the four-day celebration of all things beautiful, the Festival Mode & Design…